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Ship's Stern Circuit

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by Ryan Pockran (subscribe)
Words and pictures interfered with by a "real" job
Published February 8th 2015
A day of beauty and fresh air on the Ship's Stern
Ships Stern Circiut, Lamington National Park, Binna Burra
View from Moonjooroora Lookout


The Ship's Stern Circuit is a nineteen kilometre walk in Lamington National Park. It takes around six hours to complete and passes through beautiful areas of rain-forest and Piccabeen groves. The track passes Nagarigoon Clearing where the track builders camped in the 1930's. A short side track along Nixon Creek reveals the 150 meter Ballunjui Falls.

Tremendous views from the high bluffs of the Ship's Stern are a highlight of the walk.

Ships Stern Circuit, Lamington National Park, Binna Burra
Ship's Stern Curcuit


The difficulty of the walk is classed as moderate and has long uphill sections that will test your legs and fitness.

The walk can be done any time of the year but it can be hot in the high areas. Cool weather makes the day more enjoyable.

Although the route is easy to follow it is best to equip yourself with a map as there are several other tracks that lead off the Ship's Stern Track and a mistake in navigation could lead to an inconvenient delay.

Also take lots of water or some purification tablets so you can fill water bottles at Nixon Creek. There is nowhere to gather water along the hot exposed section of the range for about ten kilometres.

The lookout at Kooloobano Point on the top of the Ship's Stern provides excellent views to the south and makes a good place for a lunch break.

Ships Stern Circiut, Lamington National Park, Binna Burra, Lamington spiny crayfish (Euastacus sulcatus)
Lamington Spiny Crayfish (Euastacus sulcatus)


Start the walk at the grass area below the Natural History Association Bunkhouse at Binna Burra in Lamington National Park.

To get to Binna Burra turn into Beechmont Road from Beechmont-Nerang Road 1.6 km east of Canungra and continue for 19 km to the roundabout at Beechmont, turn right and continue another 10 kilometres to Binna Burra.
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Why? Stretch the legs and treat the eyes
When: Cooler days
Where: Lamington National Park (Binna Burra section)
Cost: free
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